Suzanne Ruta
November 13, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Marty Jezer
publisher
Rutgers University Press
genre
Biography, Nonfiction

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From the Boston tea party to the AIDS activists who slipped a giant condom over Jesse Helms’ Arlington, Va., home last year, American rebels have gone in for theatrics. Abbie Hoffman extended the tradition in the ’60s, raining dollar bills on the New York Stock Exchange, preaching love on the steps of the Pentagon, running a hog named Pigasus for President. In Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel, a sympathetic history of a maligned decade, Marty Jezer, a fellow antiwar activist, details Hoffman’s humor, manic energy, depressive spells, political skills, and above all, his incurable and still contagious optimism. A

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